Logan Morrison thought he was just having tough luck at the plate this season. An infield hit and a tiebreaking, two-run double down the right-field line against Wandy Rodriguez seemed to change things. Morrison finished 4 for 5 to raise his batting average to .194 and back Felix Hernandez in the Seattle Mariners’ 5-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night. ”I feel like I’ve had some tough (at-bats), but at the same time I’ve been swinging the bat better,” Morrison said.

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For most of Friday night, the Oakland Athletics looked lost. Oakland went on to win 7-5. ”If you get behind them, they don’t get out of their swings,” Texas manager Jeff Banister said. Ten Athletics batted in the inning against three Texas relievers.

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Jon Lester was glad to finally get his first win with the Cubs. Lester pitched seven scoreless innings and Addison Russell hit his first career home run in Chicago’s 1-0 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday. Have some fun with it, but tomorrow back to work and look forward to the next one.” Cubs manager Joe Maddon decided to go with reliever Pedro Strop to face switch-hitter Elian Herrera. Strop pitched a perfect eighth inning and Hector Rondon pitched the ninth for his fifth save in six chances.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura opted Thursday to abandon his appeal of his seven-game suspension.

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All eyes were on Mike Trout as he tracked Ike Davis’ long fly ball to the wall. Kole Calhoun had two hits and three RBIs, Garrett Richards took a shutout into the seventh inning, and the Angels held on to beat the Oakland Athletics 6-5 Thursday. It was Trout’s catch, with the bases-loaded, that preserved the victory for the Angels, who have won five of seven to end April with a .500 record (11-11). It was excitement and a sigh of relief.” The Angels took a 6-2 lead into the bottom of the ninth and that’s when things got interesting.

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Mike Trout doesn’t have many days where he goes without a hit. When he does, the Angels’ slugger tends to bounce back in a hurry. Trout homered and drove in three runs, Johnny Giavotella hit a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning and the Los Angeles Angels held on to beat the Oakland Athletics 6-3 on Wednesday night. Don’t think about it.” Trout hit his fifth home run with two outs in the third then doubled in two with the bases loaded in the seventh to help the Angels pull away and end a two-game losing skid.

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Brad Johnson breaks down the latest in Closerland.

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Take a look around the league with Big League Stew’s daily wrap up. We’ll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner and Los Angeles Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw may have pitched well Tuesday, but Buster Posey was the real hero during the pitcher’s duel. [ It's not too late to sign up for Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball! ] Posey picked up two hits, knocking in the only two runs Bumgarner would need in order to win the game. He would kick things off with an RBI single in the first inning, and then came back with a solo home run off Kershaw to open the fourth. Posey finished 2-for-4, with one scored and two RBI during the contest. Both Bumgarner and Kershaw turned in excellent performances. Kershaw gave up two earned runs on seven hits over seven innings of work. He struck out eight and did not issue any walks. Unfortunately for him, that wasn’t enough. Bumgarner was even better, allowing just one earned run on five hits over eight innings. He struck out nine and walked one, earning his second win of the year.  JERED WEAVER FALTERS AGAIN Los Angeles Angels pitcher Jered Weaver would probably like a do-over for the season’s first month. The 32-year-old turned in another tough start Tuesday, losing 6-2 against the Oakland Athletics. All six runs were charged to Weaver during the contest. Things did not start out well for the ace. With the bases loaded in the first inning, Weaver allowed a two-run single against Josh Reddick. He then gave up a three-run shot to Brett Lawrie.  Weaver would recover, tossing four scoreless frames before allowing his sixth and final run in the sixth inning. When all was said and done, Weaver allowed six runs on six hits in seven innings. He struck out one, but did not issue any walks. With the loss, Weaver drops to 0-3 on the season. It’s the first time in his career Weaver has gone winless after his first five starts.  Despite the slow start, manager Mike Scioscia remains encouraged , according to MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez.  “His stuff is not that far away from when he won 20 games,” Scioscia said of Weaver, who got to 20 wins in 2012 and led the American League with 18 wins last season. “At times, you’ll see the ball come out like you expect with Jered, but right now, he’s trying to find a release point and a mechanical solution that will let him be in sync to where his complicated delivery adds deception but gets him that crisp fastball. Right now, it’s something he’s searching for, and he’s really not that far away. His stuff is still going to play, and in a big way.” The Angels are 9-11 to kick off the season. Weaver has posted a 5.83 ERA over 29 1/3 innings.   HOUSTON CONTINUES TO PILE IT ON The Houston Astros continued their offensive surge Tuesday against the San Diego Padres. The Astros scored 14 runs on 17 hits en route to a 14-3 victory. The top of the team’s lineup was responsible for a big chunk of damage. The club’s first five batters accounted for 12 hits, eight runs and 10 RBI during the contest. Jose Altuve picked up four of those hits, while George Springer was responsible for five RBI.  Springer, Evan Gattis and Chris Carter all added home runs during the victory. The win pushes the Astros to 13-7 on the year. The club has now won five straight games.  BLUE JAYS OUT-SLUG RED SOX   Despite allowed six runs over four innings, Toronto Blue Jays starter Drew Hutchison escaped with a no-decision Tuesday against the Boston Red Sox. Hutchison wasn’t particularly sharp, giving up five walks against zero strikeouts during the contest. Things were rough early, as the Red Sox tagged Hutchison for four runs in the second inning. Hutchison didn’t give up a ton of hard contact during the inning, but the hits kept finding holes. Hutchison was taken off the hook by Clay Buchholz. Buchholz pitched well to kick things off, but fell apart in the third. He failed to get out of the inning, giving up five runs before he was pulled. Buchholz lasted just 2 2/3 innings.  [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] The Blue Jays would continue to pile it on, eventually winning the game 11-8. The middle of the lineup did the most damage. Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion combined to go 7-14, with six runs scored and seven RBI.  Bautista and Donaldson each added their fifth home runs of the year during the contest, bringing the Blue Jays to 10-11 on the season. Want to see more from Tuesday’s slate of games? Check out  our scoreboard . More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Chris Cwik is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at christophercwik@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik

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Josh Hamilton’s teammates with the Los Angeles Angels all seemed to hope the outfielder would shake off his latest troubles and return to stardom in their lineup. Moments after Hamilton was traded back to the Texas Rangers on Monday, the Angels headed off on their next road trip knowing they’ll have to fix their slow-starting season without him – and without a clear replacement for him in left field. ”I think it has the best possible ending for all parties,” Angels closer Huston Street said Tuesday in Oakland. For the guys in here, I don’t think it was necessarily a distraction.” Mike Trout and C.J. Wilson were among several Angels who remained passionately supportive of Hamilton while team management publicly ripped the former AL MVP following his latest struggle with sobriety this spring.

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The Kansas City Royals have developed a bit of a reputation this season. The club has brawled with both the Chicago White Sox and the Oakland Athletics this season, and nearly came to blows with the Los Angeles Angels.  [ It's not too late to sign up for Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball! ] Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer is well-aware of the Royals’ feisty ways, and came to Monday’s game prepared. It looks like Indians Trevor Bauer came expecting to fight the Royals today. pic.twitter.com/Ig0BnA1BEz — Ryan Walton (@RyanWaltonMLB) April 27, 2015 Thankfully, Bauer didn’t have to use those boxing gloves during the contest.  For this playful jab, the judges have awarded round one to Bauer. Bauer is slated to start Tuesday’s game, giving the Royals a shot at revenge during round two. [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] Bauer may have won round one, but the Royals will surely be looking for the early knockout during Tuesday’s contest.  More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Chris Cwik is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at christophercwik@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik

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